Youth Education | November 07, 2018

Liberal Nationals will back Scouts and Guides in western Victoria

More young people in western Victoria will be able to enjoy the rich tradition and learning opportunities offered by local Scouts and Guides clubs under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.

Scouts and Guides in western Victoria will be stronger than ever before with a massive boost to encourage more participation and upgrade club facilities like halls and campsites across the state.

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy said the new Scouts in Schools Program would ensure more young people could share in the benefits of our iconic scouts clubs, without additional cost or time required.

The Scouts in Schools Program will see trainers employed at participating schools, leading activities during lunch breaks. Running the program through schools will remove the cost and time barriers that stop many willing children joining their local Scouts club.

$4 million for building and facility improvements will be available to local clubs through the Scouts and Guides Infrastructure Fund on a matching basis, providing for up to $8 million in upgrades at local clubs across the state.

“Scouts and Guides make an invaluable contribution across western Victoria, not only to the lives of young people, but to our entire community,” Ms Kealy said.

“We know the structured learning programs offered by Guides and Scouts have built a strong foundation for young people to gain a range of skills that help with their personal development and self-esteem.

“Building up groups like Scouts and Guides is a practical way government can positively engage with vulnerable young people so they can have a brighter future.”

A Liberal Nationals Government will also establish the $80 million Brighter Futures Fund to lift education opportunities in rural and regional communities through better support for parents and children in the early years of schooling.

A further $16 million in early language and literacy grants program will give our most vulnerable young Victorians a helping hand before they start school.

“Only an elected Liberal Nationals Government will secure a brighter future for young Victorians with more investment in the early years, making sure they have the best start in life,” Ms Kealy said.

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